Counselling is not about me, but about you. For this reason, many people would rather not know much about their counsellor, and if that’s you, then there’s no need to read any of what follows.
But if you do need some information, I hope what’s here will help you to decide whether I’m someone that you would like to speak to.
I trained as a counsellor at the Re-Vision Centre in London. My private counselling practice is now based in Brighton, Hove and Lewes. On a voluntary basis, I mentor young men who are involved with the criminal justice system with the charity A Band of Brothers.
Personal and Work Life
The father of two grown-up children, I’ve lived in Sussex since 2003. My first degree was in English Literature from Oxford. In 1996 I founded a sport events company which I ran for nearly 20 years, giving me useful understanding of the world of work and people. I’m a fan of Liverpool Football Club.
I’ve had a life-long interest in Indian philosophy and spirituality. In 2003 I wrote a book on Eastern Philosophy (right), published in the UK and US. Researching the book, I gained an appreciation of figures such as the Sufi poet Rumi and the Chinese teachers Confucius and Lao-Tzu. I believe that my work as a counsellor is enhanced by the work I’ve done in exploring these forms of thought and spirituality. At the same time, it’s important to stay grounded in one’s own tradition and to have that as a starting point.
The Psychedelic Society
I am the founder and joint co-ordinator of the Psychedelic Society of Brighton, which campaigns for the regulated use of psychedelic substances in a therapeutic context. Studies are currently showing that substances like ‘magic’ mushrooms, ayahuasca, LSD and MDMA have an appropriate clinical use in treating addiction, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma. Please note that these substances are currently illegal in the UK, and that I do not condone or take part in any illegal activity. I am however happy to work non-judgementally with individuals who need support following their use of psychedelics and other drugs.
Therapy isn’t just about two people talking in a room – as valuable as that can be – it’s also a life-long process of discovery, growth and healing. It happens within the context of our world and society.
If you would like to read more, see the blog.